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Grateful Dead Live at Tower Theatre on 1976-06-21


Topics Live concert


The Music Never Stopped, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Brown-Eyed Women, Cassidy, Row Jimmy, Looks Like Rain, Scarlet Begonias, Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication, Candyman, Promised Land The Wheel, Samson & Delilah, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> It Must Have Been The Roses, Dancin' In The Streets-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date June 21, 1976
Venue Tower Theatre
Location Upper Darby, PA

Source Audience Recording: Shure
Lineage Shure mics> Sony TC-152 master cassette > dat's > cdr's > EAC > Cool Edit 2K > CDwav > mkwact (seekable)
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Notes

Shure mics> Sony TC-152 master cassette > dat's > cdr's > EAC > Cool Edit 2K > CDwav > mkwact (seekable); see editing and flaw notes in info file; via Matt Vernon, with thanks to Doug Ferguson

Reviews

Reviewer: gratedude69 - - June 24, 2010
Subject: good
good sound quality here for the audience other than the guy yelling for china cat after every song, slipknot was good, dancing as well, wharf rat i love, and a pretty stacked first set
Reviewer: He Live's - - July 26, 2008
Subject: the help, the dancin, the slip...
this show is a corker, a smoker and a downright ripsnorter.....

released as filler as part of the DOWNLOAD SERIES VOL. 4, even the audience portions are worth getting.

for me, i say, if the band is coming through loud and clear, i can get past the screaming audience bits -- what can you say, take or leave it, it's part of the package. if you cannot evaluate the music beyond the audience distractions, then just leave it alone.



otherwise, they are just killing it this night. the Help is VERY HOT , up tempo, and leads into a righteous, fully fulfilled Slipknot!

dancin is a smash, absolute RIOTOUS good times -- highly recommended music --


MUSIC: 5 Stars, AUDIENCE DISTRACTION: -1.5/2 Stars = 4 STAR SHOW.
Reviewer: craven714 - - June 22, 2007
Subject: simple equation
Audience+band= energy.WOW. To the people screaming CHINACAT over+over inbetween LLR and scarlet: feel free to contact me at www.how-to-stop-yellingalready.sheesh.PLS . And as far as this Slipknot is concerned?-- I'll be the one who is a gelatinous puddle of oooze on the the floor by the time its rapping up. Careful not to trip all over me. Frankins feel leaves you with nothin left to do but SMILE,SMILE,SMILE :);):)
Reviewer: laptaper - - May 19, 2007
Subject: Not always taper-friendly
There was a long period in the early Dead career when tapers were indeed discouraged. There are many tales of not only confiscation but actual destruction of the tapers' equipment. One recording, available here on LlaMA, depicts the band members asking the light guy to put a spotlight on a taper, with comments of "yep, there it goes" "down periscope" "put it in a brown paper bag". I'm glad the band eventually allowed taping and applaud them for that, but it shouldn't blind us to the fact that that's not the way it always was.

On a side note, the whole thing of a band or venue acting as though it has a right to do anything with a taper's gear galls me. There need to be clear laws about what actions are and aren't appropriate toward someone who tapes without a band's permission. Otherwise you have a wild West situation, which invites violence somewhere down the line.
Reviewer: anddave - - June 21, 2006
Subject: Huh?
AcidQueen, I don't think there was anything but encouragement for taping. Tapers were welcomed all along from the get-go, throughout the Dead's history, which is why there were and are so many tapes.

The taper section got created because of conflicts between the tapers and other folks about who got priority in where to sit, where to setup, etc. Some tapers would move into a sweeter-sounding area, leaving their ticketed seat and moving into someone else's. The someone else would complain, and word got to the band and and the band told Healy to sort it out and the taper section was created.

4 for performance and 2 for sound = 3

:) anddave
http://anddave.com
Reviewer: the_fenman - - December 6, 2005
Subject: pretty please with sugar on top!
This show was played on the day I was born...can someone, anyone, that has a better sounding copy please upload it to Archive! I would appreciate it so much and would be in debt to you! thanks!

show: 4.5 stars
sound: 2

ps- good points Acid Queen
Reviewer: Acid Queen - - August 29, 2005
Subject: Bootleg Recordings
Not a bad recording,at all, when you consideer that 'tapers' at this time didn't have the band's 'okay'. There weren't any 'taper'sections, yet; and those that 'dared to preserve the show' had to be very creative in 'stashing' their equipment coming into the venue as well as 'quick' on getting mic stands 'down' when the house lights came on. I remember well, the vision of seeing a dozen or so mic stands quickly decend all around the venue at the 'set' break and at the end of the show, too; and if you weren't paying attention and lagged in getting your stand(s) down, it wasn't long before you had visitors, who either conviscated your equipment or removed you from the show.(It was a definite 'buzz kill', too).
Anyway,even though this was an AUD recording, with lots and lots of crowd yelling and cheering, it's still nice because the 'tapers' back than were really 'taking a chance'. My hat's off to them! THANKS MUCH, GUYS!
Reviewer: dk - - April 14, 2005
Subject: that '76 sound
yeah, compared to a sbd/high quality aud,this is a bit muddy,but my first gd tapes were from the '76-'78 era(not too many yrs. after the actual shows),and this is pretty much what the aud recordings sounded like..setlist is killer:get it if yer into this era...if not,go lookin' for those sbds.
Reviewer: shallwego - - March 23, 2005
Subject: solid show, fair aud recording...
Great show. Wish there were SBDs of this run.
Reviewer: dzchicago - - March 16, 2005
Subject: Has to be better
Super mellow Help>Slip>Franklins. The sound quality is horrible, however. Somebody please post better quality of this show. It's worth it.
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